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Banks Cross National Times Series Data Archive: CNTS

Cross-National Time Series Data Archive

The CNTS Data Archive consists of over 200 variables, some of which go back as far as 1815, for over 200 countries. Initially intended to collect the aggregate data recorded in the Statesman's Yearbook into a format suitable for quantitative analysis, the project has grown substantially over the years. Variables cover such topics as government expenditure, trade, infrastructure and media, domestic conflict event data, elections, legislative process, numerous political measures and international status indicators.

See the Databanks International web site for more information.

See articles by Arthur S. Banks in JSTOR and reviews of the book Cross-Polity Time-Series Data


Arthur S. Banks, Arthur S. "Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive (CNTS) 1815-2007." Databanks International. Jerusalem, Israel; see


Many thanks to Kristin Partlo of Carelton College's Gould Library for her kind permission to use her LibGuide page on the CNTS Data Archive as a template for this one.

Clark University Access to the CNTS

Current students, faculty and staff may download the files listed below for academic research and classroom use only. Your Clark University email address and password are required.

*Note: by downloading these datasets, you agree to abide by the user agreement (see below). Contact Ed McDermott if you have any questions.

CNTS Files

The first file is the dataset itself, but you'll need all of the first four files to make sense of the content therein. At the prompt, enter your Clark username and password.  Please note: Faculty and Staff should preceed their username with "clarku\" and Students with "students\" (do not include quotation marks).

User Agreement

These data are subject to copyright and are licensed for current faculty, students and staff of Clark University for academic research purposes only.

You may not make copies of these data, full or partial, for distribution in any manner.